World’s Leading Experts Inspire at Aspen Ideas Festival 2013

[ 0 ] July 10, 2013 |

The most inspiring world leaders came together last month for the ninth annual Aspen Ideas Festival, sponsored AIFlogoby the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic. The more than 300-plus industry experts discussed diverse issues that have inspired and motivated their ideas, such as the economy, the Middle East, energy, space, mobility, design and the future of television and journalism.

Join the conversations that took place in Aspen, Colo., without leaving your home this week with genConnect! We had access to some of the most interesting experts in Aspen in a variety of industries, and conducted one-on-one videos on-site during the event.

Click on the links below to watch genConnect’s video interviews live from Aspen, at the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival:

Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Bipartisan Politics, Obama, and Public Service

Venture Philanthropist Laura Lauder on Philanthropy: ‘The Number of Zeroes Doesn’t Matter’ 

HBO ‘Girls’ Is Realistic Portrayal of Many Girls In Their Twenties

Journalist, Documentarian Tom Yellin: Girl Rising – Educating Girls Can Make the World a Better Place

Reuters News Chief Steve Adler: Not Embracing New Technology Is a ‘Mistake’

Tech Guru Vivek Wadhwa on Immigration, U.S. ‘Reinventing Itself’ With Tech

Virgin Galactic Commercial Director Stephen Attenborough: Virgin Galactic – Where Anyone Can Become an Astronaut

ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser: Breaking Down a Healthy Lifestyle With Tell Me the Truth, Doctor


Annie Lennox

CDC Chief Dr. Thomas Frieden: Health Care Revolutions and HPV Vaccines

POM Wonderful’s Lynda Resnick: The U.S. Is at a ‘Critical Mass’ on Education Reform

CBS News Correspondent Rita Braver: ‘Women Need to Lean the Way They Want to Lean’

Renowned American Cellist Yo-Yo Ma: Citizen Musicians Spread Art for Life’s Sake’ 

Rock the Vote President Heather Smith: Rock the Vote Keeps Younger Generations Engaged In Elections

Dimitar Sasselov: Does Life Exist On Other Planets?

One Wounded Warrior’s Emotional Performance With Cellist Yo-Yo Ma

ESPN President John Skipper: ‘Sports Television Is Unique’

Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns: ‘It’s the Most Extraordinary Time To Be Young’ on International Front

Celebs Like ‘The Colbert Show’s’ Stephen Colbert Lend Star Power to

 Alan Khazei – National Service Provides ‘Foot Soldiers for Social Entrepreneurs

CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo: is a College Education Worth It?

Maria Bartiromo

Maria Bartiromo

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: America’s Youth Holds the Key’s Nate Silver’s Advice: Find Something Other People Aren’t Good At 

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu: Hurricane Katrina and the Third New Orleans Renaissance 

Financial Advice For First-Time Investors, From Joe Quinlan of US Trust0-Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Presidential Advisor and CNN Commentator David Gergen: Social Media, Politics and the Millennial Generation

Fat Chance Author Dr. Robert Lustig: ‘A Calorie Is Not a Calorie’

Other confirmed, upcoming interviews include:

Barham Salih – Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq

Gov. Tim Pawlenty, CEO, Financial Services Roundtable

Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder, Reddit


Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.

Mitch Besser, Founder and Medical Director, mothers2mothers

Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly – Former U.S. congresswoman from Arizona and her husband, a retired astronaut; founders of Americans for Responsible Solutions

Andrew Ross Sorkin –  Financial Columnist, Editor-at-Large, The New York Times; Co-Anchor, “Squawk Box,” CNBC

“This is the fourth consecutive year that genConnect has been a media partner of the Aspen Ideas Festival, bringing our audiences the wisdom and expertise of the top leaders in their fields from the beautiful Aspen Institute campus,” said genConnect CEO Nancy Spears. “No other media outlet offers the depth and breadth of interviews on-scene, on-camera, that we do from this world-class event. From former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, to Obama strategist David Axelrod, to former Rep. Jane Harman, to Twitter Co-Founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, to Biggest Loser trainer Bob Harper, to CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo and NBC anchor Andrea Mitchell, we have always sought out the best and brightest minds at this event, to share their knowledge with the masses. We look forward to being able to do this once again this year.”

Running from June 26 to July 2, the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival featured presentations by many individuals helping to shape their fields – and the world – including:

  • Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan
  • Yo- Yo Ma, Cellist and the Aspen Institute’s 2013 Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence
  • Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter


    Yo-Yo Ma

  • Elaine L. Chao, U.S. secretary of labor from 2001 to 2009 and the first American woman of Asian descent to be appointed to a president’s cabinet
  • And many more.

“The conversations and presentations offered at the Aspen Ideas Festival will underscore some of the most critical ilemmas and challenges we face today,” said Kitty Boone, Aspen Institute vice president and director of the Aspen Ideas Festival. “So many of those coming are the thinkers and leaders, whose vision and expertise are taking us into the future in such a positive and constructive way.”

Beyond intellectual conversations, the festival screened seven award-winning and truly captivating films, ranging from education and military to ballroom dancing and eternal love.  The world premiere of the film About Time was screened at the festival, taking viewers and guests into the life of Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson), who discovers time travel and love with Mary (Rachel McAdams). About Time is scheduled for release in theaters in September 2013.

Check back genConnect every day over the next few weeks for updated interviews and videos with the world’s top experts from the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival.

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